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Maciej Lewenstein’s thoughts on Ivo Perelman’s SCALENE with Matthew Shipp on Leo Records:
"The following 'Scalene' was recorded also in Brooklyn with a trio with Matthew Shipp and Joe Hertenstein on drums. Joe is actually very well known in Europe, where he plays concerts frequently in very "high" places and at important jazz festivals. He played with many giants, and was in particular a member of the Butch Morris' NY ensembles Nublu Orchestra and LUCKY CHENG Orchestra. He recorded a fantastic debut album as a leader and composer HNH featuring Thomas Heberer (t) and Pascal Niggenkemper (b) on Cleanfeed Records. I describe in this book a fantastic album of Danny Kamins, "After Effects", recorded with Damon Smith on bass, Joe, and the legend of the free jazz drumming, Alvin Fielder.
As Neil Tesser writes in the liner notes, quoting Ivo, there is a vital distinction between Hertenstein's approach and the styles of the majority of Perelman's percussion partners. Joe is a melodist, his playing resembles to some extend that of Zlatko Kaucic. Indeed, "Joe fills the space with such beauty, and we had to adopt to it". And, they do it perfectly, which can be heard from "Part 1" to "Part 10”. In fact, "Part 1" is one of my favorites, with oscillating moods and rhythm structures. The quiet "Part 2" is also a small masterpiece with absolutely exquisite drumming. "Part3" has for me a touch of soul music, whereas the slow "Part 4" reminds me of some of the best Cecil Taylor's and Jimmy Lyons' tracks. "Part 6" is another candidate for the best slow tune/ballad of the whole series. Finally, I definitely adore also the "Part 8", for its superposition of tranquillity and expression at full power."
He also wrote of Danny Kamin’s “After Effects” on FMR with Damon Smith and Alvin Fielder:
“Great artistic concept, great album, very highly recommended!”